Stand-up paddleboarding offers a fun alternative to traditional boating. Here's the gear you need to break into the sport.
O’Neil 24/7 Tech L/S Crew Shirt ($50)
With a relaxed fit and full UV protection, the 24/7 Tech is an easy choice for a paddling shirt. The polyester fabric dries quickly and is breathable and stretchy, and it fits as well underwater as it does atop your board.
NRS Vibe Water Shoes ($75)
Call it a simple and stylish amphibious shoe. Drain holes and a tough mesh upper allow water to escape quickly, and the foam instep is designed for barefoot use. A siped outer sole sticks to slippery rocks when you make landfall.
All Terrain AquaSport SPF 30 Sunscreen ($20)
All Terrain’s spray-on lotion delivers full-spectrum UVA and UVB protection without leaving a white film on your skin or an oil slick in the water.
Boardworks Fiberglass Traveler Paddle ($200)
Collapsing into three pieces, the Traveler is simple to stow when you’re between floats. The fiberglass shaft and blade aren’t as brittle as carbon, yet at a modest 1.6 pounds, they don’t weigh much more, either.
Aquatech Axis Go iPhone 7 Water Housing ($250)
Aquatech’s housings are used by some of the best photographers. This iPhone version makes getting underwater shots affordable.
Outerknown Nomadic Trunks ($65)
Made from stretchy recycled polyester, the Nomadic’s just-above-the-knee fit is perfect for paddlers. A back zip pocket and key ring carry the essentials.
Patagonia Stormfront 20L Sling ($230)
Designed for fly-fishermen, the Stormfront Sling swings around for quick access. The waterproof zipper keeps valuables dry if you accidentally take a plunge.
Braven BRV-1M Waterproof Speaker ($100)
For worry-free onboard tunes, bring along Braven’s water and shockproof BRV-1M. Bluetooth syncs it with your phone, and an extra power bank adds 12 hours of juice.
Dakine USCG Approved PFD Waist Belt ($100)
The best part about a flotation device? Not having to use it. Still, it’s legally required for paddlers in most states. Dakine’s unobtrusive belt lets you follow the rules effortlessly and comfortably.
Lakeshore Wet Woody 12'6" Board ($1,550)
A sleek touring board, the Wet Woody has just a hint of rocker and a downturned nose to help it cut through calm water, increasing glide and efficiency. It’s perfect for long, flat cruises.